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Sharks’ Pavelski named AHL Rookie of the Month

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Worcester Sharks center Joe Pavelski has been named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for October.

In nine games on the month, Pavelski recorded three goals and a league-leading 11 assists for 14 points.

Pavelski began his professional career by tallying a goal and an assist in his AHL debut, helping Worcester to a 4-3 shootout win in Portland on Oct. 6. He registered his first three-point game on Oct. 15, picking up a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win at Lowell, and netted his first game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory at Providence on Oct. 20. Pavelski, who enters November riding a six-game scoring streak, earned a plus/minus rating of even or better in each of his nine games, finishing at plus-5.

In recognition of his achievement, Pavelski will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Sharks home game.

A 22-year-old native of Plover, Wis., Pavelski was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2003 and played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin, leading the Badgers in scoring en route to the NCAA championship in 2006. In addition to leading all AHL rookies in assists and points, Pavelski ranks among the league’s overall leaders in points (T-4th), assists (T-1st) and shots on goal (T-3rd with 39).

Other nominees for the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month award include Binghamton center Andrew Ebbett, Bridgeport right wing Blake Comeau, Chicago left wing Brett Sterling, Grand Rapids center Evan McGrath, Houston left wing Benoit Pouliot, Manchester defenseman Peter Harrold, Norfolk forward Troy Brouwer, Omaha center Dustin Boyd, Peoria goaltender Marek Schwarz, Providence center David Krejci, Rochester goaltender Adam Dennis, San Antonio forward Bill Thomas, Springfield center Blair Jones, Syracuse right wing Olivier Labelle, Toronto defenseman Chris Harrington and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Rob Schremp.